D.O. PRIORAT - SPAIN
Region/ Sub-Region: Spain, D.O.Q. Priorat, Vila de Gratallops.
Grapes: 85% Garnacha and Carignan; and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah.
Soil: Llicorella (Slate).
Vinification: Varietals fermented separately. Temperature controlled, long maceration.
Aging: Wine kept in French oak barrels for 10 – 14 months. Followed by ‘coupage’ and bottling. Wines are then bottle aged for the remaining of the time.
Nose: Notes of minerals on the nose. Predominance of ripe forest fruits and slightly roasted overtones.
Taste: Elegant and balanced, with a ripe fruit entrance, followed by a fresh flavor with an unctuous, long finish, and slight wood overtones.
Color: Intense scarlet with clear and bright ruby red trimmings.
Gastronomy: Pair with any grilled meat, rich fatty fish dishes, Iberico ham. Exquisite pairings with sweet-and-sour contrasts, caramelized onion, soya, compotes, and chocolate sauces.
Suggestion: Open and decant 30 minutes before serving.
A pleret is a Catalan expression that means “slowly, calmly, and step by step”. This is the best way to enjoy this wine. Buil & Giné’s proposal is that once this wine is opened, it allows people to discover and enjoy a “pleret”, a vast range of sensations and aromas. This is a true experience that conveys the essence of the Priorat and its valuable ancient vineyards.
Talking About the Wines:
-International Wine Report, Oct '22 gave 94 points to Buil & Giné 2012 Pleret. “A fruit forward blend of Garnacha, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah offering interesting layers. Aromas of boysenberry, forest bark and green moss, raspberry, toasted fennel seed, vanilla, and menthol. On the palate we find integrated primary flavors of tobacco leaf, bright red fruits, elegant grandfatherly tannin, and dark forest. Structurally big yet smooth on the palate. Enjoy now or see how it changes in 10 years.”
-Dr. Owen Bargreen, Oct '21 gave 93 points to Buil & Giné 2012 Pleret. “The gorgeous 2012 ‘Pleret’ is at a beautiful place now at the nine year mark. Dark cherry syrup, dusty soils, pipe tobacco and bright red fruits with orange rind accents all marvelously come together on the palate. The bright acidity and beautiful length add to the enjoyment as this great older bottling will cellar well for at least another decade.”
-Wine & Spirits Magazine, Oct '21 gave 94 points to Buil & Giné 2012 Pleret. “While the varietal blend of Pleret is similar to that of Joan Giné (also recommended here), this wine ages in French oak only, and longer in bottle, with a later release. It’s used that time to develop a schist- and-blueberry grandeur, the tannins still powerful, though cushioned by the fruit, the fragrance lasting with berries and herbal richness. It feels more ambitious than the Joan Giné, and no less beautiful for it.”
-Vinous Media “Mediterranean Spain: Diversity and Consistency, by Josh Raynolds, Apr ’19 gave 93 points to Buil & Giné 2011 Pleret. "Bright violet color. Lively, highly expressive aromas of ripe red berries, potpourri, succulent herbs and pipe tobacco, with an exotic hint of incense gaining power with air. Fresh and lively on the palate, offering intense black raspberry, cherry pastry flavors, deeper licorice and bitter chocolate notes. Shows impressive energy and smoky, mineral thrust on a gently tannic finish that leaves fruitcake and sweet chewing tobacco notes behind. Here's a 2011 Priorat that can easily go head-to-head with its 2010 sibling, which isn't an easy task."